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Djukic accepts Rami furore

Created on 05 Oct., 2013 5:52 PM GMT

Valencia manager Miroslav Djukic is confident that his squad will remain focused, despite key defender Adil Rami's club ban.

France international Rami was suspended without pay in the week for criticising his team-mates and questioning the leadership skills of Djukic.

The Serbian came under huge scrutiny as Valencia lost four of their opening five games of the season, including a 3-0 embarrassment at home to Swansea City in the UEFA Europa League, but four straight wins since that loss to the Welsh has eased the pressure on him.

And Djukic is ignoring the latest controversy at the Estadio Mestalla, insisting that he will leave the matter for club officials.

"It is a club issue," he said. "I will do whatever the club tell me.

"Rami is a Valencia player. I will accept whatever the club's decision is going be without problem."

Djukic will hope for a fifth win in a row when his side travel to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, managed by his predecessor at Valencia, Ernesto Valverde.

Despite going up against the man he replaced, Djukic dismissed any rivalry between the pair and is only focused on maintaining Valencia's good form.

He added: "I think the match doesn't exist between us (Valverde and Djukic). It exists between Valencia and Athletic Bilbao, two big teams with big ambitions and we will go there to try to win.

"We know we face a difficult match in a difficult stadium but we want to keep going with our good results.

"All the matches test us and our situation and are difficult.

"Bilbao are a direct rival. We are going there with the chance of showing we are a team who wants to be in Champions League."

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